In last month’s draft, South Florida’s high schools were again well-represented. Of the 17 high schools that had multiple players selected, three are located in the tri-county area, USA Football announced on Tuesday. Miami Norland (Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota; Tourek Williams, San Diego), Miramar (Geno Smith, Jets; Stedman Bailey, St. Louis) and North Miami Beach Senior (Jonathan Cyprien, Jacksonville; Kemal Ishmael, Atlanta) each had two players drafted.
With 27 players selected, no state produced more draftees than Florida and California.
Chandler High School, located in Chandler, Arizona, was the only school that had three former players selected. It, of course, isn’t located in South Florida, but it does have a Dolphins tie — first-round pick Dion Jordan is a graduate.
“There’s a lot of great athletes that come out of the program,” Jordan said. “They train us well to get us ready for college, make sure we take care of business in school, first of all, so we can have that opportunity. Because of the community and the coaching, a tremendous amount of athletes come from our area.”
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